Council approves EPA application, restricts tattoo parlors

Nov. 27, 2012 @ 05:10 PM

City officials are looking to improve the environment in an effort to bring more business to the area.
At its most recent meeting, Trinity City Council unanimously approved an application for an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Assessment Grant that will give the city an opportunity to clean up parts of the Interstate 85 corridor.
A brownfield site is an abandon industrial or commercial site that is complicated to use or reuse because of real or perceived environmental issues, such as an industrial site, dry cleaners or gas stations. The purpose of the grant is to address potentially hazardous sites within the I-85 area from Guilford to Davidson County.
“The idea is that once these sites are assessed and problems are realized, the area can apply for cleanup grants,” said Adam Stumb, planning director. “We want to clean these places, get some jobs in there and add to our tax base.”
The Piedmont Triad Regional Council is submitting an application and has requested that Trinity joins a coalition which includes Archdale, High Point, Lexington, Thomasville, Greensboro, and Jamestown. The grant is free and only requires attendance at regional meetings.
In other business, council also approved, 7-1, zoning text amendments for tattoo parlors, body piercing, jewelry stores and pawn shops. The motion was made by Councilman Tommy Johnson and seconded by Councilwoman Debbie Frazier, with Councilwoman Kristen Varner in opposition.
“I think that we are being too restrictive by just keeping the tattoo parlors in the manufacturing area, but that is just my opinion,” Varner said.
Jewelry stores will be classified as establishments that engage in the retail sale of new jewelry, silverware and new watches and clocks. The buying and selling of metals will not be included in the new definition. They will be only be allowed in the city’s Village Center and Highway Commercial districts.
Tattoo parlors body piercing shops and pawn shops will only be allowed in the city’s manufacturing district. The amendment has a condition that states that tattooing take place in an area of the establishment that cannot be viewed by the general public or other customers.
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